30 days in Scotland Itinerary

30 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland planner

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Inverness
— 5 nights
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Golspie
— 2 nights
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Durness
— 5 nights
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Lochinver
— 2 nights
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Mallaig
— 3 nights
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Fort William
— 5 nights
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Edinburgh
— 6 nights
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Inverness

— 5 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Culloden Battlefield and Nigg Old Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Urquhart Castle and East Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Nairn (Nairn Beach & Nairn Golf Club), Glen Strathfarrar (in Beauly) and Carrbridge Golf Club (in Carrbridge). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fort George, examine the collection at Highland Folk Museum, play a few rounds at Newtonmore Golf Club, and enjoy the sand and surf at Rosemarkie Beach.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Inverness trip itinerary planner.

Boston, USA to Inverness is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Boston in August; daily highs in Inverness reach 21°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Golspie.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Golspie

— 2 nights
Golspie is a village in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie . Get some cultural insight at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Tarbat Discovery Centre. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Brora Beach, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Balblair Distillery, look for gifts at Orcadian Stone Exhibition and gift shop, and enjoy the sand and surf at Dornoch Beach.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Golspie travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Golspie takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Golspie are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Golspie

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Beaches

Side Trips

Durness

— 5 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Holburn Head Lighthouse and Castle Varrich will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durness: Strathnaver Museum (in Bettyhill) and Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sango Bay, tee off at Durness Golf Club, explore the activities along Balnakeil Bay, and make a trip to Cairn House Gallery.

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Drive from Golspie to Durness in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Durness are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Side Trips

Lochinver

— 2 nights
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): kick back and relax at Achmelvich Beach, then don't miss a visit to Clachtoll Broch, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clachtoll Beach Campsite. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Scourie Bay, take in the views from Kylesku Bridge, and then explore the historical opulence of Ardvreck Castle.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lochinver trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Durness to Lochinver takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Lochinver can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Mallaig.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mallaig

— 3 nights
Mallaig ; is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Museum-lovers will appreciate Land Sea and Islands Centre and Mallaig Heritage Centre. Visit Eilean Donan Castle and Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse for their historical value. Take a break from Mallaig with a short trip to Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods in Glenuig, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Camusdarach Beach, tee off at Traigh Golf Course, and cruise along Morar Beach.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mallaig trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Lochinver to Mallaig in 4 hours. In August in Mallaig, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Mallaig

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Side Trips

Fort William

— 5 nights
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Get some cultural insight at Glenfinnan Viaduct and West Highland Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Andrew's Church and Old Inverlochy Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort William: Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror) and Cille Choirill Church (in Roybridge). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, see the sights as you ascend with Hunter Mountaineering, contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument, and examine the collection at Treasures of the Earth.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort William travel planner.

You can drive from Mallaig to Fort William in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Royal Yacht Britannia and Scottish National Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and view the masterpieces at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh online trip builder.

Getting from Fort William to Edinburgh by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.